Thursday, March 27, 2008

New Kid vs Old Sage

David met Goliath a weekend ago -- and they won a quiz each. First, in an open quiz conducted by Dhananjay Shettigar at NM College on March 15, the avuncular Rajiv Rai beat out an impressive field of finalists, partnered by AP Alagarsamy. Then, a day later, the young, almost foetal Govind Grewal stormed to victory in the BQC quiz, letting out a feral roar when first place was assured.

"You're an obnoxious little weed," Rai told him.

"You're a big monkey," Grewal replied.

Anyway, apologies for this late report -- the results of those two quizzes are below, as well as the league standings. With one quiz left in the season, Rajiv has wrapped up first place, and Rishi Iyengar is assured of second. Third place is still open, so bloodshed cannot be ruled out.

NM Open Quiz

First with 240 points
Rajiv Rai
AP Alagarsamy

Second with 140 points
S Balakrishnan
Udatta Duarah

Third with 130 points
Sumant Srivathsan
Arnab Bhattacharya

Fourth-sixth with 120 points (tied)
Amit Varma
Rishi Iyengar

Vibhendu Tiwari
Anand Sivasankar

Govind Grewal
Souvik Basu

As this was an open quiz, with prelims, all finalists got two points for the league table. The other points were awarded as usual: 10 for the winning team, seven for second place, four for third.

The quiz on the 16th was conducted in two halves, by me and Rishi Iyengar respectively. As has become the custom for such quizzes at the BQC, we also took part in each other's halves, swapping places on the same team. The results:

First with 87 points (48 after first half)
Govind Grewal
Amit Pandeya
Pradeep Ramarathnam
Mukund Krishnan

Second with 74 (53)
Rajiv Rai
Sandeep Sen
Anand Sivasankar

Third with 61 (8)
Rishi Iyengar/Amit Varma
Sarat Rao
Devang Ghia

Fourth with 60 (14)
Vibhendu Tiwari
Dhananjay Shettigar
Aditya Agarwal
+ one?

Fifth with 57 (32)
Sumant Srivathsan
Sireesh Rao
Souvik Basu

Sixth with 48 (24)
S Balakrishnan
Arvind Krishnaswamy
+ one

Seventh with 47 (16)
AP Alagarsamy
Udatta Duarah
Sushil Menon

Eighth with 46 (9)
Prasann Potdar
Sandeep Rajpurohit
Sriram Krishnan

A couple of names, of latecomers, are missing. I'll duly fill them in.

And now for the league standings:

BQC Season Two Standings (from 25 quizzes, as of March 28, 2008)

140.5 points
Rajiv Rai (from 19 quizzes)

98 points
Rishi Iyengar (21)

79 points

Amit Varma (21)

75 points
Sumant Srivathsan (21)

72 points
Prasann Potdar (19)

67.5 points
Vibhendu Tiwari (22)
AP Alagarsamy (19)

62 points
Kedar Sastry (16)

59 points
Ajith Prabhakar (17)
Govind Grewal (19)

48 points
Ashwan Lewis (8)
Amit Pandeya (12)

47.5 points
Mukund Krishnan (13)

44 points
Anand Sivasankar (19)

43.5 points
Souvik Basu (?)

43 points
Pradeep Ramarathnam (15)

42.5 points
Devang Ghia (22)

42 points
S Balakrishnan (16)

40 points

Ameya Samant (19)

31 points
Shambhu Shankar (?)

28 points
Mahesh Murthy (6)

26 points
Sarat Rao (?)

24 points
Kartik Srivatsa (5)

21 points
Udatta Duarah (10)

18 points
Avinash Mudaliar (9)
Kartik R (?)
Francis Rodrigues (12)

17 points
Ravi Venkatesh (6)

16.5 points

Dhananjay Shettigar (12)

14 points
Samrat Sengupta (7)
Sritanu Chakravarty (4)
Arvind Krishnaswamy (7)

11 points
Ajay Ravindran (4)
Meghashyam Shirodkar (3)
Nandan Krishnaswamy (6)
Atulya Bharadwaj (2)
Sandip Sen (4)

10 points
Aravinda Talluri (1)
Neeraj (1)
Nilesh Jain (1)
Tanmay Sharma (2)
Gaurav Singh (1)
Raghu (?)
Sowmya Ramaswamy (1)
Hansraj Singh (1)
John Mascarenhas (3)
Vaibhav Devanathan (1)
Sameer Nair (2)
Movin Miranda (1)
Aditya Agarwal (2)

8 points
Hanisha Vaswani (5)

7 points
Akshay Mahajan (1)
Rahul Bhaskar (3)
Saurav (?)
Nrupal Choudhari (?)
Harshil Shah (1)
Devangshu Datta (1)
Kaustubh Chakraborty (1)

4 points
Padma Sinha (3)
Pranav Kukreja (1)
Sireesh Talluri Rao (8)
Sushant Raut (5)
Chitra Raghunath (1)
Sandeep Randery (1)
Kishalaya Bhattacharjee (1)
Brian D'Souza (1)
Ramesh (1)
Arnab Bhattacharya (?)

There is exactly one quiz left this season, which will be conducted this Sunday by Sumant Srivathsan. The details:

Time: 3pm, Sunday, March 30 (reporting time: 2.40pm)
Quizmaster: Sumant Srivathsan
Venue: Pinstorm, Ground Floor, Swati House (Next to Kotak Bank on Linking Road), North Avenue, Santa Cruz West. (Detailed directions here.)

A BQC celebration is expected after the event, and rumour has it that Rajiv, to celebrate his win, will take all past and present BQC quizzers, and their extended families, for drinks to a suitable watering hole. A large catering order for infants has also been made, and fun will no doubt come. So must you.


cimmerian said...

i like the last para. No not the bit about the infants...

Unknown said...

You'd better mean especially the bit about the infants!

Anonymous said...

What is all this about not liking bits of infants?

Cimmerian, before you answer that, you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel suicidal? Well, do ya, punk?


CyZfus On Skis said...

Hi, On the request of Pinstorm's logistics person, I am to inform the group that a) there will be a person to assist in coffee machine operation b) if you use glasses/cups, please put them back on the platform/sink area c) if you take a writing pad/magazine for support/backing, please remember to put it back EXACTLY where you picked it up from d) in general, do not displace/shuffle objects on work-desks so that there is no inconvenience on Monday e) Please put back the projector/ any cables in the conference room if you have brought them out

In sum, more support but a few useful hygiene/order clauses.

We must try to comply to our best.

regards, Bala

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